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Women and democracy focus of first publication by SOAS Japan Research Centre

JRC front cover

26 June 2014

The Japan Research Centre at SOAS, University of London, in association with Bloomsbury, has published the first book in its SOAS Studies in Modern and Contemporary Japan series.

Edited by Dr Christopher Gerteis, Senior Lecturer in the History of Contemporary Japan, the SOAS Studies in Modern and Contemporary Japan series features high quality, peer-reviewed research on Japan and its history, politics and culture. The book series showcases new research monographs as well as translations of scholarship not previously available in English.

The first publication, Jan Bardsley’s Women and Democracy in Cold War Japan reveals the diverse possibilities of postwar democracy found embedded in media stories directed toward Japanese women. Each chapter explores the contours of a single controversy, including debate over the royal wedding in 1959, the victory of Japan's first Miss Universe, and the ways in which discourses on the 1950s Japanese housewife functioned as narratives of gender and class containment during the early Cold War.

Forthcoming books in the series include studies of Ethnicity and Empire; War and Popular Memory; New and Established Religions; Cinema, Television and Visual Culture; and Domestic Politics & International Affairs.

A 35% discount is available for online orders using discount code GLR V9V. Visit the Bloomsbury website.